Some of the most historical, notable, and profound pieces of American and International history have come from the individuals often celebrated during Black History Month. During a time where important movements and protests have taken the country by storm, the causes that these brave men and women stood for are more relevant than ever. With this inquiry based lesson, students are encouraged to dive into the lives of individuals whose legacy continues to echo through our present day society.
Lesson Plan Topic: Black History Month
Objective: Research notable figures in Black History and analyze how those individuals have had an impact on the course of history and present day.
Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2
Reading level: Early/Emerging
**Standards retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org
Essential Question (s): How have notable figures in history impacted social and political culture in regard to race equality? What about those individuals and their childhood/family may have shaped their character/drives as adults? What did they do that was profound during their time period? How would those people react to today’s society and what they stood for? Have their visions/dreams been realized? Why or why not?
**Students can use the Black History Month collection
**Students can also search Choosito Web to further their research on the essential questions!
Step 1: Students will choose 3 notable individuals who are celebrated during Black History Month and research their biographies.
Step 2: Students will then analyze the impacts these individuals had on their time period, history, and present day.
Step 3 (tying it all together): In addition to presenting their answers to the essential questions, students will present the following conclusions to the class:
-A brief biography of each individual they chose and how their upbringing may have shaped their causes/beliefs.
-The causes that each individual stood for.
-Why these people are remembered as having a profound impact on history.
-Personal touch: What do students like/admire most about each individual.
Students can present the information to their peers using the following suggestions:
-Mock Interview (students can role play a ‘’live’’ interview with the individuals they research).
-Oral presentation with visual aid
-A live newscast (in front of the class, video recording, audio recording).